It’s here, it’s officially the weekend, which means it’s…SLAM DUNK time. So dig out your pop punk shorts, slap on some sun screen and mentally prepare yourself by checking out our Discovered Official Guide to some of the bands on the line-up you might not want to miss.
There are SO many great bands on this year it was almost impossible to compile a list like this, but whoever you’re seeing this weekend, have a great time and stay safe…
Consistently changing the face and sound of hardcore are the inspirational Turnstile. You can always expect the unexpected with their live set, but you can definitely expect to get out of breath and sweaty.
Impericon Stage 2:10pm-2:50pm
One of those bands you want to tick off your list of having seen play live, Bad Religion are absolute legends of punk and have been around in one form or another since 1980. Still going strong, they put out their seventeeth studio album ‘Age Of Unreason’ at the beginning of this month, so expect to hear some of the newer tunes thrown in amongst the classics.
Punk In Drublic 7:25pm-8:20pm
NEW FOUND GLORY
Classic pioneers of pop punk New Found Glory are another one to tick off the list. Killing it since 1999, these guys are gonna get everyone up off their feet, bouncing and sweaty.
Monster Energy Stage 7:05pm-8:00pm
After dropping a surprise album (‘The Spark That Moves’) last year, Cancer Bats are back on the live circuit doing what they do best with their fantastic stage show. Another classic act you won’t want to miss.
Impericon Stage 3:30pm-4:10pm
Everyone’s talking about Lizzy Farrall lately, and her performance at Slam Dunk will surely keep the conversation going. The Chester based indie pop-rock queen recently dropped her critically acclaimed ‘Barbados’ EP and her career seems to be going from strength to strength. Catch her at the Acoustic Stage so you can say you saw her before she starts playing arenas and stadiums.
Acoustic Stage 2:25pm-2:45pm
You can always rely on Anti-Flag to put on a fantastic show and get the crowd moving. They have an early set at this year’s Slam but it’s well worth dragging yourself out of bed to see them. What better, more perfect way to kick off your Slam Dunk day than shouting along to some angsty political punk?
Punk In Drublic 12:45pm-1:25pm
EMPLOYED TO SERVE
Arguably one of the heaviest bands around at the moment, Employed To Serve are an unstoppable force to be reckoned with, and will be bringing their incredible live set to Slam Dunk this year. Having just released their brand new album (name), they’re sure to play some of these newer tracks as well as their old classics.
The Key Club Stage 5:15pm-5:45pm
Their last album was way back in 2015 with ‘Desolation Sounds’ but could this recent return to the festival circuit indicate a new full length in the works? We certainly hope so. Gallows are one of the original bad boys of hardcore and influenced a plethora of bands to come.
Impericon Stage 6:10pm-6:55pm
Australian pop-punkers Trophy Eyes make a welcome return to our shores, hopefully playing plenty of songs from last year’s incredible album ‘The American Dream’. This five-piece consistently impress and will get everyone bouncing.
Marshall Stage 2:00pm-2:40pm
Breaking all the rules of hardcore and metal are the noisy and immense Pagan, another Australian band who really broke out last year and are continuing their rise to the top in 2019. They’re heavy, brutal and loads of fun.
The Key Club Stage 4:15pm-4:45pm
OUR HOLLOW, OUR HOME
This five piece from Southampton made a name for themselves last year with the release of their second full length ‘In Moment//In Memory’. Since then they’ve been touring consistently and their live show already has a great reputation so their set at Slam is sure to be an exciting moment.
The Key Club Stage 3:45pm-4:15pm
The Menzingers need no introductions. These Pennsylvania punk rockers have been doing what they do best since 2006 and they’re a fantastic festvial band. Their last album was 2017’s ‘After The Party’ and hopefully they’ll be another one in the near future. This is sure to be a great little evening set to help you finish off your night.
Dickies Stage 8:00pm-8:50pm
Another classic band on the Slam line up, Touche Amore have been releasing one off singles every year (‘Benediction’ in 2017 and ‘Green’ in 2018). Both of these will likely make an appearance in the set. Could they be teasing a new album? Either way these guys have a lot of great songs over the 10 years they’ve been together so it’ll be a fun show.
Dickies Stage 6:40pm-7:20pm
Scranton duo Tigers Jaw are no strangers to the festival circuit but they’re bringing their unique brand of alt-rock to the Dickies Stage this year in what is sure to be a banging afternoon set. It’s the heat of the day though so make sure you’ve got your suncream!
Dickies Stage 2:40pm-3:20pm
These post-hardcore legends made their epic return with 2017’s ‘Material Control’ and have been slaying it ever since. Their killer set on the Impericon Stage is sure to be unmissable.
Impericon Stage 7:40pm-8:35pm
Slam Dunk is Saturday 25th May in Leeds and Sunday 26th May in Hatfield.